Efforts To Ban Texting At The Wheel Could Resurface In Texas

AUSTIN (April 20, 2014) A push to implement a statewide ban on texting while driving in Texas is likely to resurface next year no matter who replaces Gov. Rick Perry.

Texas is one of only seven states without a law prohibiting all drivers from texting while driving.

Many major Texas cities have ordinances on the books that ban texting at the wheel, but efforts to pass a statewide ban in the Legislature have failed.

Perry vetoed a texting bill in 2011 and the two candidates vying to succeed him as governor have taken opposite views on the issue.

Republican Greg Abbott is against what his campaign calls additional government mandates while aides to Democrat Wendy Davis point out that the Fort Worth state senator co-authored a texting ban bill.

A safety nonprofit has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.